Film score and sound design for animation-feature 'Manou The Swift'

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In front of southern French city Nice, swifts and seagulls share a large rock on the seashore, where they live in together. A peaceful coexistence in the picturesque setting of the Côte d'Azur would be too nice, but there are different attitudes of both birds.

Above all, however, the resulting mutual prejudices always provide new conflicts. Not to mention the rats, which make life difficult for both species of birds, by always trying to plunder their nests.

The young swift Manou is born into this polarity, but after a drastic event he is raised by seagulls, and now he has to find his own way and maintain. This is the beginning of a turbulent, exciting and extremely entertaining story of tolerance, courage, friendship and the search for identity, staged by directors Andrea Block and Chris Haas and produced by LUXX-Film.

The film music of the animated feature film has mostly been played by the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, conducted by Joris Bartsch Buhle and is as colorful and turbulent as the characters and developments of the movie itself. So the topics of the swifts are rather nimble and agile and with a focus on wood, percussion and guitars. The seagulls, on the other hand, are described by quieter, loftier sounds, especially with radiant brass and a majestic sound, that lives up to the lordly claim of the seagulls.

The rats in turn are dominated by harsh playing styles and percussion, while the music of the Swabian-Brazilian guinea fowl Parcival does justice to his exotic status, but also to its musical urge to move With mostly South American Sounds. 

Cassandra Steen lends her voice to the young swift Kalifa. Therefore, she also sings the song composed for the film, through which Kalifa conquers the hearts at a party of the Swifts. The style of the song is stylistically based on the season of the film, namely in the 50s / 60s and is played in the film by a small swift band.

The percussions were mainly recorded by Markus Passlick, a permanent member of the Götz-Alsmann band, who has done a great job with countless percussion instruments on the many film music cues. Numerous exotic percussion instruments were used or alienated or completely redefined, e.g. when it came to the swift party, for creating a large ensemble out of several percussion parts.

A smaller part of the music was contributed by the Piano Particles, who arranged the mostly pre-existing pieces of their repertoire for the film, or partly composed new cues.

"Manou The Swift" will be released in spring of 2019. Further information follows. 


Additional Info

  • Credits:


    • Filmmusik: Frank Schreiber
    • Sounddesign: Frank Schreiber
    • Regie: Andrea Block, Chris Haas
    • Produktion: LUXX Film GmbH
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